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Former Kenyan athlete blasted over “African conditions” tweet

A former Kenyan athlete prompted a social media backlash following his comments that seemingly discouraged his colleagues from competing in Africa.

Samuel Chelanga, born in Baringo County and now an American citizen, had over the weekend taken to his Twitter account and posted a message that suggested he had performed below par at the World Cross Country Championship in Kampala due to “African conditions”

The Virginia-based middle distance athlete finished 11th in the senior men’s race. The race was won by Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor.

https://twitter.com/SamChelanga/status/846812192980815872

The comments rubbed Kenyans, the wrong way.

Former Kenyan turned American athlete Bernard Lagat accusing Chelanga of dragging the continent through the mud.

https://twitter.com/SamChelanga/status/846903899189522437

https://twitter.com/SamChelanga/status/846854013102493696

https://twitter.com/SamChelanga/status/846904517060939776